Jay MacDonald

Jay MacDonald is a professional writer and frequent contributor to CreditCards.com. His off-the-beaten-path feature stories explore the religious, astrological, psychological, aromatic and hygienic aspects of credit cards as well as their cultural significance in film, fashion and popular song. His one-on-one interviews include TV personalities, bestselling authors, a championship boxer, a hip-hop mogul, an etiquette expert, a secret agent and a meteor hunter. Of course he lives in Florida.

Posts by Jay MacDonald

Living with credit, Rewards, Shopping

Quirky card perk for NBA fans: AmEx Jersey Assurance

Right about now, you may be staring, arms folded, at a crimson-hewed closetful of LeBron James jerseys and streetwear, wondering about your potential cash outlay should #23 make his expected free agent leap from the Cleveland Cavaliers to another NBA…
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Living with credit, New products

Beer vending machines? Yes, they’re a frosty, sudsy thing

Last week, if you’d told me I could dip my credit card into a vending machine and stroll away with a frosty can of beer, I would have assumed you’d been drinking. But as I write this, my eyes (and…
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Living with credit, New products, Shopping

Visa’s new branding sound wants to win you over

Soon, when you pay using your Visa card, instead of hearing that eerie and familiar beep coming from the payment terminal, you might, or might not, hear a heartwarming chime. The new sound is Visa’s latest brainstorm in the card…
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Living with credit, Shopping

Super Bowl scam: Buy big-screen TV, return it days later

Ah, Super Bowl LII weekend! Put your feet up, grab a cold one and watch all the festivities on that new ginormous-screen TV you bought last week and plan to return bright and early Monday morning. The ink won’t even…
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Living with credit, New products, Shopping

Mirror, mirror, will you order this dress in black, and charge it to my card?

The dressing room of the future is here, and it has smart mirrors designed to make it easier to slip into haute couture mode without those time-consuming side trips to the accessories wall – or the checkout counter. From Sept. 23…
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